August 27, 2015

Smoked Fish Recalled in Canada for Botulism Risk

Healthy Butcher Fish Botulism Recall

The Healthy Butcher is recalling smoked fish from the marketplace in Canada because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, which produces a deadly toxin. No illnesses have been reported to date. To see the long list of recalled products, along with package sizes, product codes, and UPC numbers, go to the CFIA web site. They are all The Healthy Butcher brand name. The recalled products include Smoked Fish - Wild Mackerel, House Smoked Fish - Pickerel, House Smoked White Sturgeon, Smoked Fish - White Fish, House Smoked Organic B.C. Chinook Salmon, Smoked Fish - Pickerel, Smoked Fish - Steelhead Trout, and Smoked Albino Rainbow Trout Variable. These products were sold in Ontario at The Healthy Butcher retail locations. In addition, other products were recalled on July 18, … [Read more...]

Homemade Brand Pickles and Sauces Recalled for Botulism

Homemade Pickle Botulism Recall

Homemade of Washington is recalling pickle and sauce products because they may have been improperly produced, making them a risk for Clostridium botulinum. The pH of the products is too high, according to sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. And required records to support safe processing guidelines were followed were not available. The recalled products are packaged in clear glass bottles with metal caps. There are no lot codes or expiration dates. These products are recalled: Bread and Butter Pickles (16 oz./454 g); Icicle Pickles (16 oz./454 g); Pickled Beets (16 oz./454 g); Chili Sauce (12 oz./340 g); Lite BBQ Sauce (12 oz./ 340 g); Medium BBQ Sauce (12 oz./340 g); Hot BBQ Sauce (12 oz./340 g); and Horseradish BBQ Sauce (12 oz./340 g). They were sold from … [Read more...]

Canned Seafood Recalled in Canada

Image courtesy CFIA

Vasco Da Gama brand canned seafood is being recalled in Canada for "the potential presence of dangerous bacteria". The notice at the CFIA doesn't specify which bacteria may have contaminated these products. You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site. They were sold nationally at the retail level. They include Mussels in Marinade sauce, Octopus and Squid in Garlic Sauce, Portuguese Sardines in Vegetable Oil, Mackerel Filets in Olive Oil, Portuguese Sardines in Hot Sauce, Small Sardines in Tomato Sauce, and Horse Mackerel in Vegetable Oil, among others. All are Vasco Da Gama brand. You can also see pictures of the recalled items at the CFIA site. If you purchased these items, do not eat them. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. The symptoms … [Read more...]

In Canada, The Soup Boy Recalling Carrot Soup for Botulism

The Soup Boy Carrot Soup Botulism Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and The Soup Boy are recalling Carrot Soup made by that company because it may permit the growth of the dangerous bacteria Clostridium botulinum. No illnesses have been reported to date, although the recall was triggered by a consumer complaint. The recalled product is The Soup Boy Carrot Soup in one liter containers. The product is not labeled and there is no UPC number. It was sold in New Brunswick. Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce spores that are not easily destroyed. When low-acid foods are improperly canned, it produces the ideal environment for the spores to grow and produce a deadly toxin. Toxin smaller than a grain of sand can kill a person. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return it to … [Read more...]

Botulism Case in North Carolina: Be Careful with Home Canning

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Home canning is becoming more popular, since more people are planting gardens, supporting locally grown produce, and the "clean food" movement gathers steam. But canning low-acid foods, such as potatoes, carrots, and meat, can be tricky. One mistake and one bite of an improperly canned food, and you could die. A woman in North Carolina contracted botulism earlier this year, according to a presentation at the Governor's Task Force on Food Safety and Defense at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park. The North Carolina Health News broke the story. Botulism spores are produced by the Clostridium botulism bacteria. They can survive just about anything. They live in dirt, and can be on any plant harvested from any container, garden, or farm. The spores grow in … [Read more...]

After Botulism Outbreaks, CDC Issues Home Canning Tips

After two botulism outbreaks were reported in one month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled some tips on home canning, the most common source of foodborne botulism. In New Mexico, two people sickened with botulism were hospitalized in Texas. In Ohio, at least 21 people who ate at a church potluck were sickened and one of them died. Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle weakness, descending paralysis, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. Death occurs when the muscles that control breathing are paralyzed. Between 1996 to 2008, 116 foodborne … [Read more...]

Home Canned Potatoes Likely Caused Ohio Church Botulism Outbreak

Potato Salad FPB

Public health officials in Ohio have found that potato salad made from home-canned potatoes likely caused the deadly botulism outbreak at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church potluck on April 19, 2015. As of today, there are 21 confirmed cases of botulism associated with that event. One woman died. There are also ten suspected cases where people are showing symptoms consistent with the illness. Patients have been treated with a botulism antitoxin provided by the CDC. Twelve people are still hospitalized. Improperly canned low-acid foods, such as potatoes, cheese, meat, and vegetables can harbor Clostridium botulism spores. Those spores grow in low-oxygen environments. Canned foods have very little oxygen, which is driven off during the cooking and canning process. It's … [Read more...]

Two Foodborne Botulism Outbreaks in One Month

Foodborne botulism is rare, but this month two outbreaks have been reported, one in New Mexico and one in Ohio. In New Mexico, two people were sickened and hospitalized in Texas. In Ohio, at least 19 people who ate at a church potluck were sickened and one of them died. Patients in that outbreak are being treated at the Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. Health officials have not yet determined the food source for either outbreak. In Ohio, the list of possible suspects includes 20 items. Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle weakness, descending paralysis, difficulty … [Read more...]

Update on Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church Botulism Outbreak

Fairfield Medical Center has updated information on the botulism outbreak linked to the Cross Point Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio. There are 18 suspected cases, including the death of a 54-year-old woman. None of these cases have been confirmed through laboratory testing. Twenty-one more people have sought treatment at area hospitals as a precaution. All of those affected attended a potluck at the church on Sunday, April 19, 2015. About 60 people were in attendance. If you attended that event, go to an emergency room for questions and a health evaluation. The longer treatment is delayed, the more serious the resulting illness will be. The hospital made arrangements with the Centers for Discase Controla nd Prevention (CDC) to obtain botulism anti-toxin. The medicine … [Read more...]

Ohio Church Potluck Botulism Has Now Sickened 24

The outbreak of botulism linked to a potluck dinner served at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio has now sickened at least 24 people. One person, a 54-year-old woman, has died, and all patients have been hospitalized. Still others are under observation. Three people are in critical condition, according to Fairfield Medical Center. The hospital has activated its Incident Command Center. More patients are being treated at other hospitals in the area. About 60 people were in attendance at the event, including some children.  Dr. Andrew Murry of Fairfield Medical Center said, "we are encouraging everyone who attended the potluck to report to the emergency room or their nearest medical facility for questions and also to seek an evaluation for further medical … [Read more...]

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